Because the job market was tough for young adults, they shifted their time to interning, volunteering, and participating in school athletics and clubs. Kids who truly still needed the money resorted to babysitting positions. Young people need income to pay for clothes, food, school supplies, school activities, hair styling, sneakers, and video games. The cost for all of these things can be too much for parents to handle alone. Kids who decided the job market was too tough, should try again. Here is how.
According to a survey that Teen Career Center took, many teenagers can still get jobs if they try, even at 16 years old. We saw them working in pizza restaurants and local businesses. Besides the money, part time jobs are great for resumes and college applications. Admissions recruiters like to see that a college applicant has been industrious in their past through pursing and gaining employment.
Whereas a retail or fast food job can offer certain skill building, an internship in an office setting can provide social skills and communication experience that will apply to a wide range of jobs and interpersonal situations later in life.
Youth who come from upper level income families have a better chance to find work, because their parents have more connections. This doesn’t mean that lower level income youth cannot leverage their connections as well. Social media has given the way to reach a large number of potential employers and potential referrers to a great job.
Available jobs for teens change at every age. Kids, who are younger than 18, will probably find work in stores and restaurants. Kids, older than 18, can work in warehouses, construction, offices, and pretty much wherever an adult takes a job.
If you are a teenager or parent seeking information on how to get jobs for teens, here are a few tips:
Job Search Guide
First check the rules about the hours and type of work your teen can perform. http://www.youthrules.dol.gov/ There are different rules for kids of different ages!
Next, if your child is under the age of 18, check with the school about working papers. Your guidance counselor can process that paperwork for you.
After you have permission to work, put together a short resume. Organize the things that you have done such as sports, babysitting and other activities that can be included as work experience.
When you are ready to search for a job, research companies, practice interview questions and answers, make a list of where you want to get applications and put together a nice outfit for meetings with employers.
Announce to everyone you know that you are looking for a part time teen job. If you cannot get a referral that way, look online at job boards and company website job listings and apply over the internet.